Is Orange good for your skin?
Orange is one of our most common fruits and we know that it is an excellent source vitamin C, but did you know that it can also do wonders for your skin. Apart from eating the fruit, you can also get a wide range of benefits from orange juice and even orange peels which when used correctly will leave your skin glowing. But what effects can it have on your skin? I hear you asking, well our handy little guide below will help you by introducing seven of the major benefits of using this fruit as part of your skin care routine.
What is in an Orange?
Before we jump into the seven wonders of an Orange let's cover some of the basics. Oranges are rich in antioxidants which as we know can help to fight free radicals and therefore help you to prevent the signs of ageing.
Another point worth noting is that Orange peels actually have a higher content of vitamin C than the fruit itself. Instead of throwing away the peels, you can dry them in the sun and grind them which will then allow you to add them to a wide range of treatments such as body scrubs, orange infused soap and face masks.
The Seven Wonders of The Orange.
1. Treating Acne
Acne is a common problem faced by a wide range of people of all ages and skin types but is most common and outbreaks can be most severe in teenagers going through puberty. Although it is worth remembering that it affects all of us, except a lucky few! Acne is generally caused by excess dirt, grease or bacteria which blocks your skin pores, and results in the occurrence of pimples.
Oranges have a high content of citric acid which is extremely effective at drying away acne and the blocking agents that cause it. Oranges also contain a high amount of dietary fibre which can help to reduce the amount of toxins and harmful waste in your body and in turn reduce the likelihood of acne breakouts.
There are numerous ways to effectively apply Orange to your skin to fight acne, including this great face mask recipe using Orange Peel and Baobab on the lovely Aduna site. With regular usage, you should be able to see a visible reduction in pimples and their marks.
2. Skin Lightening Qualities
Orange peel is a natural bleaching agent that can lighten dark blotches on your skin and over time can effectively remove them. This effect is increased by the ability to build up a natural protection against UV rays and the blemishes and discolourations that these can cause.
It is worth remembering that if you are making your own orange based treatments to dilute the concentration and ensure that you do not apply an excess to your skin.
3. Anti- Ageing Benefits
The holy grail of skin care is an anti-ageing benefit and Orange can provide this in a number of ways. Firstly it is rich in Vitamin C which helps to keep you skin firm and youthful. It also helps to restore your natural levels of collagen to your skin which is the key ingredient for keeping skin firm and preventing premature signs of ageing. Oranges also contain powerful antioxidants which help to fight off oxygen free radicals which are the guilty parties in causing wrinkles and the sagging of cheeks.
4. Removing Blackheads
A simple Orange peel mask is one of the most effective ways of extracting blackheads from your skin. A simple mask can be easily prepared by mixing one part yogurt with orange peel powder to make a thick paste. This paste can then be applied to your face, using gentle circular motions and washed off with warm water after around 15 minutes.
This method is not only fantastic as a natural and non-painful way of getting rid of blackheads but it will also unclog the excess oils and dirt which can be clogged within your skin pores.
5. Skin Toner
As we now know Orange peels contain abundant amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants which can help to maintain the natural oils that are held in the skin. Which also means that they are suitable for both oily and dry skin types. The Orange Blossom and Aloe Vera Toner from White Rabbit Skincare is an ideal solution for those who don't want to make their own.
Application of orange peels onto your skin as part of a regular skin care routine helps to remove dead skin cells and dirt and in addition helps to keep the skin moisturised and toned. The magic that makes this process work is the antioxidant production that is stimulated by using Orange, this action helps to reverse the causes of dry skin and results in the appearance of healthy and glowing skin cells.
6. Rejuvenate Dull Skin
Another fantastic method for using Orange on your skin is in the form of a refreshing face spray. This can be bought or made yourself, or for an even more simple technique you can juice two oranges, then put the juice into a tray in the freezer. Once frozen you can run these on your face whenever your skin is feeling dull or lifeless and their natural properties will help to brighten up your skin. Regular usage will also result in a better control of the oils that naturally form on your skin and will help refine your pores.
7. Radiant Skin
Another simple technique is to pour boiling water onto Orange peel. Once the water has cooled and absorbed the vitamins from the peel you can simply take a cotton bud or pad and gently apply this to your face. The water will now act as a rejuvenating agent which will leave your face firm and glowing.
We hope this guide has given you some inspiration about the different ways that you can use Orange on your skin and some of the simple ways that you can do this. For more of our beauty tips and information you can visit some of the other stories on our beauty blog, including Tania Michelle's Review of our Orange Spice Soap.
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